MonthFebruary 2006

Myth Wars

Interesting stuff from Lucifur Benway:

Jake Robida and I have two meaningful things in common. First, we both grew up in the cultural sewer of BC. Second, we both allied ourselves with a myth to give a lackluster life a little bit of meaning. While I gravitated towards hardcore, Wu-Tang and beatniks, Jake caught the destructive meme of white supremacy and allied himself with the aggressively ignorant, misogynist and homophobic “Juggalo” subculture. Consider our mutual selection of vastly different myth structures a “point of divergence” in the What If…? mold- in an alternate universe I no doubt showed up at my high school, guns blazing with my face painted up like some bad John Wayne Gacy fanboy while Jake went on to write for Key93. While I found myself fortunate to fall into the orbit of dope-smoking Cambodians and acid-addled skaters, Jake fell in with those who embraced and fetishized their repressions and self-loathings. There but for the grace of “Bob” go I.

What if someone had handed Jake a copy of the Invisibles, a Disinformation anthology, or a Sun Ra record during his formative years? Might a Burroughs novel may have done something to nurture what clearly seem to be some heavily repressed homosexual feelings. What if someone had given Jake something to believe in rather than an ethos which merely operated as window dressing for nihilism, repression, self-hatred, black solipsism and fear of novelty? “A stopped clock is right twice a day” and the Jesus-worshippers who wail and moan about the culture war don’t live in another spacetime continuum.

But who wants to use the same boring, bullshit terms as that lot? I prefer to think of it as Myth Wars.

Key 23: Myth Wars

Voodoo head found in air luggage

BBC reports:

US immigration officials have arrested a Haitian woman after baggage screeners found a human head in her luggage at a Florida airport.

Myrlene Severe, 30, has been charged with failing to declare the head on a customs form and transporting “hazardous material”.

BBC: Voodoo head found in air luggage.

(via American Samizdat).

Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams

After 145 years, Western Union has quietly stopped sending telegrams.

On the company’s web site, if you click on “Telegrams” in the left-side navigation bar, you’re taken to a page that ends a technological era with about as little fanfare as possible:

“Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a customer service representative.”

Live Science: Era Ends: Western Union Stops Sending Telegrams

Via Ethan Z, who also has a few words about the telegram’s passing.

Looks like you can still send a telegram through: Telegrams World Wide.

Loompanics going out of business

Sad news: Loompanics is going out of business. They published a multitude of weird books, from the Principia Discordia to books on guns.

On the bright side, they’re having a going out of business sale.

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